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Program Comparison Help

Decision-making made easy! This tool gives you a breakdown of individual programs offered at George Brown College and how they differ from other programs you’re interested in. Use this tool to select up to 10 programs to compare, helping you make the right choice for the career you want.
Instructions:

1. Under Program Comparison, click Add a New Program

2. Search for one of the programs you’re interested in (either alphabetically, by interest or by job)

3. Click on the title of the program in the menu

4. Click Add to Comparison

5. Continue searching for programs using steps 2-4

6. When you’re done, clicking Program Comparison will give you a preview of the programs and the option to delete, add or clear all

7. Open Program Compare for more details and an easy-to-read comparison of the programs you’ve selected

Getting Started

Here are a few things that you need to do in your first couple of weeks at George Brown College:


Activate your George Brown Student E-mail Address

In case you have not already done so, please activate your George Brown College email address. Important notices from the College including your assignments from your teachers, and communications from College staff will be made through this George Brown e-mail account.
To activate your George Brown e-mail account, please the student mail page.


Attend your orientation events 

Orientations help students understand the requirements of their program, academic departments, the College and immigration requirements. Students will also get to meet their faculty, departmental/GBC staff and fellow students in the program.

Academic Orientations: These are conducted by academic departments. Details will be available a few weeks before classes begin under Upcoming Events.

International Student Orientations: Organized by the International Centre these are held in the 3rd week after classes start. During these orientations, we review, among other topics, Study/Work Permit information; International Student Health Insurance; and services offered at the International Centre.

Smart Start: This is a fun orientation event organized yearly by the International Centre at the end of August. Students are introduced to the city and various services available at George Brown College.

Visit our Events page for details on upcoming orientations.


Submit your study permit

You must submit a copy of your valid Study Permit and Toronto Address/Phone number to the International Centre by fax (416-415-2120 or 416-415-4722) or drop it off at the International Centre at St. James Campus by the first week of classes. New international students who submit their study permits to the International Centre by January 10, 2014 will be entered in a lucky draw!


Ensure your address information is up-to-date

To receive important letters and notices e.g. Fee statements from the College, you have to inform us each time your address changes by completing the Change of Address Form available at the International Centre office. If you change your address through Stu-View, please input only one address, your current address. Please do not include future addresses as this will confuse the system.


Obtain your George Brown College Photo ID

Your timetable and a government-issued photo ID e.g. Passport or Driver’s License, are both required to get your George Brown College Photo ID. Take these to one of the locations below:

St. James Campus: Room 137 - (Basement level of 200 King St. E.)
300 Adelaide St. E.: Room 111
Casa Loma Campus:  Bldg. C Room 350
Ryerson Campus: One Card Office, Jorgenson Hall, Room JOR-02, 350 Victoria Street

For St. James Campus and Casa Loma Campus, you must first get a number at the Q-Matic counter near Student Services to have your Photo-ID taken.


Open a bank account

In order to exchange foreign currency, pay bills by cheque, receive bank transfers or place your money in the bank, you need to open a bank account. Most major banks offer special banking programs for students. To open an account you must present at least two (2) pieces of identification (for example, Passport with Study Permit, GBC Student ID card, and/or major credit card.)

Major banks near St. James campus

Scotia Bank

279 King St. E.   (King St. E. & Princess), T  416 368 4301

CIBC

1 Toronto St (King St. E. & Church), T  416 988 2772

TD Canada Trust

110 Yonge St. (Yonge & Adelaide), T  416 869 6262

Bank of Montreal

30 Yonge St. (Yonge & Front), T  416 867 5323

Royal Bank

161 King St E. (King St. E & Jarvis), T  416 365 9070

 

 

Major banks near Casa Loma campus

TD Canada Trust

675 Dupont St. (Dupont & Christie), T  416 531 9955

Royal Bank

10 St. Clair Ave W (St. Clair & Yonge), T  416 974 7840

Bank of Montreal

659 Dupont St. (Dupont and Christie), T 416 534 354


Learn about public transit in the city

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a quick and convenient way to get around Toronto. The core subway trains are linked with the rest of the city through a network of buses and streetcars.

You can buy a Monthly Metropass for the TTC through the Student Association (SA) at a discounted rate of $113.00 while supplies last. Tokens, tickets and Metropasses are available at all subway stations at regular prices.

For areas in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) the “GO Train” is a convenient and affordable option.  The GO travels as far as Hamilton (with bus connections to Niagara Falls) to the West and to Oshawa with bus connections as far as Peterborough to the East. There are also numerous options north of the city.